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  • Author:
    Joanna Hershon
  • ISBN:
    0786259434
  • ISBN13:
    978-0786259434
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  • Publisher:
    Thorndike Press; 1 edition (November 2, 2003)
  • Pages:
    446 pages
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    Literary
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Joanna Hershon is the author Swimming and The Outside of August. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the painter Derek Buckner, and their twin sons. About Joanna Hershon.

Joanna Hershon is the author Swimming and The Outside of August. Joanna Hershon is the author Swimming and The Outside of August.

The Outside of August is so incredibly engaging I truly found it difficult to put down. Joanna Hershon creates such a vivid sense of place that I often forget I haven't been to the houses and towns she describes-I've only read them. The many characters in this book are full and varied and their complex family story reminds me of the intricate and lasting effects people truly have on one another.

The Outside of August is a mesmerizing, beautifully written story that combs the emotional landscape of its characters . Joanna Hershon is the acclaimed author of Swimming. She received a masters of fine arts in fiction from Columbia University.

The Outside of August is a mesmerizing, beautifully written story that combs the emotional landscape of its characters with power and precision. For as long as Alice Green can remember, her elusive mother, Charlotte, has moved in and out of family life-disappearing relentlessly and often without explanation. She has been an Edward Albee Writing Fellow and a twice-produced playwright in New York City.

The Outside of August, Hershon, Joanna. Варианты приобретения. Hershon] renders the book's many locales with a nuanced appreciation for the way environment emerges out of the confluence of physical detail and social experience. Кол-во: о цене Наличие: Отсутствует. Возможна поставка под заказ. При оформлении заказа до: 15 ноя 2019 Ориентировочная дата поставки: середина Декабря При условии наличия книги у поставщика. A Dual Inheritance never lets its readers forget they are reading a well-crafted novel, and as a well-crafted novel, it fully satisfies.

The Outside of August. 2003) A novel by Joanna Hershon. For as long as Alice Green can remember, her mother has moved in and out of family life - often disappearing without explanation, leaving their home progressively more hollow. Alice and her brother, August, react in different ways. Years later, when her brother becomes strangely remote, Alice finds him in an isolated beach town. April 2004 : USA Paperback.

The Outside of August book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking The Outside of August as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Joanna Hershon graduated from the University of Michigan. Later she earned a Master of Arts in Fiction Writing at Columbia University. Critics and readers alike hailed Swimming, Joanna Hershon’s fiction debut. The Outside of August is a mesmerizing, beautifully written story that combs the emotional landscape of its characters with power and precision. 1O6OK/?tag prabook0b-20. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

A wistful family portrait by Hershon (Swimming, 2001) follows two Long Island children through adolescence to adulthood as they struggle to make sense of their parents' unhappy marriage. A wistful family portrait by Hershon (Swimming, 2001) follows two Long Island children through adolescence to adulthood as they struggle to make sense of their parents’ unhappy marriage. No matter what Tolstoy thought, unhappy families are made miserable by pretty much the same things-money, drugs, or sex.

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For as long as Alice Green can remember, her mother has moved in and out of family life -- often disappearing without explanation, leaving their home progressively more hollow. Alice and her brother, August, react in different ways. Years later, when her brother becomes strangely remote, Alice finds him in an isolated beach town. There a deeply buried secret will have to unravel in order for Alice to come to terms with her fractured family.

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Goktilar
I very much enjoyed the author's third novel, The German Bride, but was disappointed with this one. In the German Bride, the writer's long descriptions and psychological dilemmas made the story interesting. I don't care for very tightly structured stories, so some rambling does not bother me. But in this book, the story actually got confusing in the second part. I think that a better editor would have helped. (Speaking of editing, the kindle version is full of mistakes). The first section made me interested in the mysteries of the family and in the family members, but the rest did not deliver. Although a mystery was resolved, I found that the supposed resolution was not sufficient to understand what drove the mother's absences or lack of maternal drive.
BoberMod
THE OUTSIDE OF AUGUST by Joanna Hershon is the story of one woman's search for the truth about her mother, a woman who was unavailable emotionally and physically, yet had great influence on a family that was being torn apart from within. The book is divided into two sections and centers on Alice Green, the daughter. Told from her point of view, the story line through the first half of the book gives the reader a somewhat skewed picture of what was happening with her family during her childhood years. The reader will find that this was intentional on the author's part, as things come to light in the second half of the novel when Alice goes in search of answers.
The first part is comprised of several key events that take place in Alice's youth, snapshots of what her life was like growing up. In one scene, Alice describes a party she attended, where at one point her mother and father seem to be subconsciously competing against each other for the attentions of a man. Two people couldn't be more different. Alice's mother is a free spirit who disappears for weeks on end doing who knows what, coming home with interesting souvenirs and claiming she was working or doing research for some project, while her father is a scientist, buried in his work. Alice never does accept that her mother Charlotte is taking these trips for any legitimate reason, except to enjoy traveling and living the life she can't experience at home with her family. There's a sense that Charlotte needs to escape, and on each successive trip she comes home looking older and more haggard. Sometimes she is found in bed all day, unable to function, deep in a depression that Alice does not understand.
On the other hand, Alice's father Alan is an enigma, often withdrawn and not taking part emotionally with the family. He buries himself in his work, his personality befitting that of the neurobiologist that he is. His obsession with work makes it even harder on the two children during those weeks when Charlotte is away from home.
The book opens with a chapter in which an uncomfortable confrontation between Alan and Alice's brother August occurs, during one of Charlotte's absences. It is freezing cold in the house because of unpaid bills, and August is wearing a parka at the dinner table. The tension between father and son is a clue of things to come, and representative of their relationship. Alice looks on, always acting as the middleman, trying to make things better for everyone as her brother and father yell back and forth across the kitchen table. It becomes obvious in later chapters that Alan prefers Alice over Gus, and is probably the parent who she feels closest to, but it is her mother who Alice yearns for, a mother who is often not there, physically or emotionally.
August's attitude about things in general is opposite to that of Alice. While Alice is always the good child, August seems to be looking for trouble, tempting fate with his wild behavior. His anger rages inside him, and as he grows older the anger and feelings of alienation is evidenced by his promiscuity and careless attitudes toward sex, along with his desire to be as far away from his family as possible. As the author paints a somewhat blurry picture of what makes August tick, the reader is left with a puzzle, knowing that there is something missing that Alice is not aware of and therefore the reader is also left in the dark.
Their lives fall apart after Charlotte's sudden death in a house fire, and August leaves home. He disappears from their lives, and it is much later that Charlotte goes in search for him. What she learns when she finally finds him shakes up her world, but it ultimately explains her dysfunctional childhood, her parents' relationship, and the reason why August left in such a rage.
THE OUTSIDE OF AUGUST was my introduction to the writing of Joanna Hershon, and I was deeply impressed. Written in a very descriptive style, she successfully creates a mood and atmosphere throughout the book that matches the story line. Other words that could describe this book are "haunting" and "dark." Her writing style made this book a fast read, despite the difficult and somewhat cryptic story. I highly recommend this novel, and will probably count this as one of my favorite books of 2003.
--- Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton
greed style
Family secrets, generational lies, and sibling relationships are the major themes in the accomplished, beautifully written, but uneven story from Johanna Hershon. Hershon is a subtle, delicate writer and she weaves together a clever story that spans the early 70's up until 2001. The novel is slow to start, with the later sections of the story working better than the first sections. Alice Green is the central protagonist and principle narrator of this "quite" little tale of family dysfunction and miscommunication. Her mother, Charlotte is world wise, selfish, and unable to settle down. She spends months away in foreign countries trying to "reinvent herself" and dreads coming back to her children, and her suffocating monogamous marriage to her husband.
Alice's unraveling of her one of Mother's hidden secrets and her relationship with her disaffected and dissolute bother August makes up the core of the novel. And her journey of understanding takes her to Mexico where she finally comes to terms with her mother's estrangement and August's betrayals. Hershon's strengths as a writer is her ability to paint, in minute detail, a specific scene: there are, for example, some wonderful descriptions of the Baja Peninsula when Alice goes in her "road trip" to find August; the dusty dryness, the poverty, the dirt, the local food, and the seedy hotels are all bought vividly to life.
Hershon adept at creating fully realized and compassionate characters. Alice is headstrong, reclusive but with a strong sense of purpose, and she possesses the will to do what is right. August is irresponsive and disaffected, and admits that he can't handle family life while his mother Charlotte "is the way she is." And then there's Charlotte locked into a marriage, and aching to disappear just like an escape artist. This is a tale of ordinary people trying to cope with hurt and betrayal, and its very insightful in its tone and content. The Outside of August is perhaps one of the more subtle and intuitive books of the year.
Michael.
Freaky Hook
Once I start reading a book I like to finish it, but this one was a waste of my time. The first part is so slow (picture the turtles in the internet speed commercial.) The pace picks up in part 2, but still not worth reading. The main character, Alice, never seems to change or grow emotionally from the beginning to the end. Actually none of the characters do. Most people learn and grow as they get older, but in this book they just keep on being damaged because of a lack of attention from the mom.

There were parts of the book that were rambling thoughts that made no sense at all. Others where Alice is telling the story then all of a sudden the writer is talking about Alice.

I read the other reviews, so I know people enjoyed this book, but for me I would not recommend it to anyone.